Returning to Newcastle’s Cluny on Thursday 16th February with renewed zest in support of their latest album Lemon Memory, Leeds’ Menace Beach have dusted off their distortion pedals to go toe-to-toe against a citrus curse they are convinced looms over their house that only the power of music can help lift. Er, okay then!
Lead single Maybe We’ll Drown isn’t as gung-ho as you’ve come to expect. Eschewing the more direct stylings of their last record, Ratworld, there’s more restraint and the big rock out choruses, while still catchy, are nuanced and not as obvious. The reason? “Doing the opposite is much more interesting.”
Written in Ibiza and recorded in Sheffield, Lemon Memory is full of sunshine and steel; the hazy vibes are tempered with a cold strength on a record that sees Liza Violet take the lead on the majority of songs. This is, according the band, very much a Liza record and her focus and drive can be heard in spades. Ryan Needham is still there though. Throughout opening track Give Blood, he anchors the sound to the Menace Beach you fell in love with the first time. And, if you haven’t heard them before, now’s your chance.